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Apsley, Sir Allen (1566/7–1630), naval and military administrator, was a younger son of John Apsley of Pulborough, Sussex, and of his wife, Elizabeth (née Shelley). His daughter, Lucy Hutchinson, portrayed him as coming to court as a young man, losing heavily at gaming, and enlisting with the navy victualler in the ...

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Baeshe, Edward (c. 1507–1587), naval administrator and politician, appears to have been the son and heir of Robert Baeshe (or Bashe) of Worcester, who is variously described as gentleman and shoemaker, and his wife, Joyce, the daughter of Thomas Bolte of Worcestershire, gentleman. In later life he was styled esquire, and one of his benefactions is adorned with a coat of arms, though he is not known to have received a grant. Nothing is known of his education and upbringing, though a later lampoon describes him as living on his wits. At some time before 1538 he moved to ...

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Bagg, Sir James (bap. 1592, d. 1638), naval administrator, was baptized on 23 February 1592 at St Andrew's, Plymouth, the eldest of fourteen children of James Bagg (d. 1624), merchant and MP, and his second wife, Margaret, daughter of John Stone of ...

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Best, Thomas (1570–1639), sea captain and master of Trinity House, was baptized on 8 June 1570 at Merstham, Surrey, the youngest son of Robert Best, an interpreter for the Muscovy Company, and Anne, formerly Bowman. Later, in 1623, Best told Sir William Conway...

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Blackborne, Robert (c. 1620–1701), naval official, was described by a herald as belonging to an armigerous family, with a Yorkshire father and Lancashire grandfather. It has been suggested that he was an apprentice in London, possibly the namesake made free of the Merchant Taylors' Company...

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Borough, Stephen (1525–1584), explorer and naval administrator, was born on 25 September 1525 at Borough House, Northam Burrows, Northam, Devon, the elder son of Walter Borough (1494–1548) and Mary Dough; his younger brother was William Borough (d. 1598).

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Borough, William (bap. 1536, d. 1598), explorer and naval administrator, was born at Borough House, Northam Burrows, Northam, Devon, to Walter Borough (1494–1548) and Mary (née Dough) and baptized on 18 August 1536 in St Mary's, Northam. His childhood experiences included voyages made with his elder brother, ...

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Bourne, Nehemiah (1611–1691), naval officer and official, was born in Wapping, the eldest son of Robert Bourne (d. 1625), a prosperous shipwright, and his wife, Mary (d. 1630); John Bourne (bap. 1620, d. 1667) was his brother. Though his father had hoped he would be educated at ...

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Bowles, Phineas (1647–1714), naval official, was born on 3 May 1647 at Rochester, Kent, the fourth of five children of Charles Bowles (d. 1659) of Chatham, Kent, and his wife, Agnes (d. 1661), daughter of Thomas Cole. He was named after ...

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Brady, Sir Antonio (1811–1881), Admiralty official, naturalist, and social reformer, was born at Deptford, London, on 10 November 1811, the eldest son of Anthony Brady of the Deptford victualling yard, then storekeeper at the Royal William victualling yard, Plymouth, and his wife (whom he married on 20 December 1810), ...

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Briggs, Sir John Thomas (1781–1865), naval administrator, son of William Briggs, of an old Norfolk family, a direct descendant of the physician William Briggs (c. 1650–1704), and, in a collateral line, of the mathematician Henry Briggs (bap. 1561, d. 1631), was born in ...

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Carteret, Sir George, first baronet (1610?–1680), naval officer and administrator, was the eldest son of Elie de Carteret (c.1585–1640), and his wife, Elizabeth Dumaresq (d. 1640). This cadet line of the Carterets had for generations held the manor of ...

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Cary [Carey], Anthony, fifth Viscount Falkland (1656–1694), Admiralty official, was born on 15 February 1656 at Farley Castle, Somerset, and baptized at Great Tew, Oxford, on 25 February 1656, the only son of Henry Cary, fourth Viscount Falkland (bap. 1634, d. 1663), and his wife, ...

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Clevland, John (1706–1763), naval administrator and politician, was born in Saltash, Cornwall, the eldest of eight children born to Captain William Clevland (d. 1735) of Lanarkshire, naval officer and controller of the storekeeper's accounts at the Navy Office (1718–32), and his wife, ...

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Duckett [formerly Jackson], Sir George, first baronet (1725–1822), naval administrator and judge, was born on 24 October 1725, probably in Yorkshire, the third but oldest surviving son of George Jackson (1687/8–1758) of Hill House, Richmond, Yorkshire, and Ellerton Abbey, Yorkshire, and Hannah...

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Gibson, Richard (b. 1635, d. in or after 1712), naval official, was born in August 1635 in Great Yarmouth, the son of Robert Gibson, a shipmaster whose vessels traded with France, and his wife, Margaret. He entered the navy in April 1648, subsequently serving as purser on board ...

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Gonson, William (d. 1544), naval administrator, was a son of Christopher Gonson (d. 1498?) of Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, and his wife, Elizabeth. Another son, Bartholomew, became vicar there. Nothing is known of William's early life: he was possibly the Captain William Gonson...

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Sir Andrew Snape Hamond, first baronet (1738–1828) by George Henry Phillips, pubd 1830 (after Sir Thomas Lawrence, c. 1800–05) © National Portrait Gallery, London